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Enhancing the Virtual Storytelling Experience with Metadata Driven Voice Enabled Conversational Agents

Elizabeth Figa, Ph.D. Elizabeth Figa, Ph.D. Paul Tarau, Ph.D. Jesse Ephraim, M.S.

Presented at ASIST 2004 Annual Meeting; "Managing and Enhancing Information: Cultures and Conflicts" (ASIST AM 04), Providence, Rhode Island, November 13 - 18, 2004


This paper describes a software component deployed as a Web service which enhances a userís online experience with a Virtual Storytelling Library through the use of voice-enabled Web-based conversational agents. The agents extract query answering information from story-specific XML/RDF metadata files and expand its coverage through inferences based on a variety of knowledge sources like the WordNet, Open Mind and by metasearching the Web for topics matching the storyís content.

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